A Story of Hope from Ashley Haynes

Stories of Hope

A Story of Hope from Ashley Haynes

I came to Hope in June of 2013. I had been hired for a seven-month internship with Hope 4 Kids. Seven months. That's how long I thought I would be here. I’m from the suburbs of Chicago and went to school in Indiana. I had every intention of completing my internship and returning to the Midwest. But God had other plans, as He usually does, and Hope quickly captured my heart.

I fell in love with this place and its people and Hope was becoming my home. It’s a place that is so genuine and authentic, opening its doors to ALL people, with no judgment or harsh looks. In a city that cries for reconciliation and justice, Hope stands as a beacon. Hope fights for and supports Memphis and its people. And that is what I love most about this place.

Five years later, I’m still here. Hope is still my home. In these past five years, Hope has given me a family. Hope has challenged me and stretched me to become a better follower of Jesus. The Lord has used Hope to refine me and help me better understand His call on my life. I have the incredible opportunity to lead middle school girls, walking with them as we all walk with Christ. This is a role that I was so nervous to accept, but I am so thankful I did. It is in this role that I experience Jesus in the most beautiful ways. I extend, and receive, the most grace. And I humbly watch as young girls commit their lives to Christ.

I am so thankful that the Lord brought me to Hope!

<Ashley Haynes>